We are all on mental overload. We carry smart phones that work for us, but it takes work to get them to work. Technology is promoted to make us smarter, yet it dumbs us down. We are all connected to events around the world instantaneously. Generations that preceded us heard the local news and not much else. Most of their mental capacity was focused on their faith, family, friends, and work.
Today, we are on mental overload and it is causing people to have mental breakdowns. We have loaded our minds to capacity. As a result, we cannot sleep soundly or think rationally. We need to go on a “Mental Weight-Loss Program”. I would like to share some ways we can accomplish this kind of weight loss.
1- Cut back on social media.
There is no need to know the status of every friend on Facebook in “real time”. Emails and voice mails can wait. Untie the invisible tether from your phone and give your mind a break.
2- Don’t feel the need to know everything.
Because of technology we can know everything about everybody around world at the touch of a button. News travels around the world at almost the speed of thought. Back away now and then and give your mind a break.
3- De-clutter the junk.
Not only is good information abundant, so is bad information. Don’t waste your mental capacity with non-essential information. It just takes up valuable space.
4- Give up trying to please everyone.
How much time do you spend worrying or contemplating how to do things for other people? Trying to please everyone will leave you frustrated and with feelings of inadequacy.
5- Let go of past failures.
If it is in the past, it is behind you. If there is something you can do about it, do it. If not, let it go. Don’t waste mental space beating yourself up or tearing yourself down. Let it go.
6- Exercise your right to forgive.
Forgiveness is your right. When you don’t forgive someone, it is allowing them to live “rent free” in your mind. Don’t give away this kind of valuable space to someone. Forgive and move on. You will be glad you did.
7- Take an occasional mental “sabbatical”.
The Bible teaches us to take a rest every seven days. That is good advice for your mind. Occasionally, find a place to “dis-connect”. Turn off the television, computer, phone, and radio. Allow your mind to “think” on its own. The renewing of your mind will help it rejuvenate.
What are other ways to have “mental weight loss”?